Farmer leaders flay Punjab CM Capt Amarinder on 'fiscal impact' remark

Farmer leaders flay Punjab CM Capt Amarinder on 'fiscal impact' remark

Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s appeal to the farmer unions “not to hold protests over the three central farm laws in Punjab as these have considerably impacted economic development” appears to have angered farmers in Punjab. File photo

Sangrur, September 14

Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s appeal to the farmer unions “not to hold protests over the three central farm laws in Punjab as these have considerably impacted economic development” appears to have angered farmers in the state. Advising the Chief Minister not to side with the central government indirectly, they announced stepping up their agitation further.

“The statement of CM Capt Amarinder Singh is surprising. Since the beginning of our agitation, he has been supporting us. But now he has started asking us to end the protest, which is not acceptable,” said Barinder Singh, a protesting farmer from Sangrur. Another farmer, Jaswinder Singh, alleged the statement was made at the behest of the Centre.

“Our agitation began last year; what development did the Congress government bring to Punjab before that? CM must share a comparison to clarify that our agitation has impacted economic development,” said Gurdarshan Singh, another protester.

Sangrur BKU Ugrahan block president Gobinder Singh said farmers would not end the protest until the farm laws were repealed. — TNS

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